How to Check Your Motor Oil Level


Due to increased traffic and lowering average speed will slow down the function of the engine, if you drive long it can increase oil consumption. Checking the oil level before heading out will prevent internal parts of the engine. Don’t let the engine oil go down. 

If it goes down, it can  lead to complete breakdown of the car. It is recommended to check the oil level every few weeks. 

Here is how to check engine oil level of your car correctly:

Make sure that your car is turned off before beginning the process of oil checking. 

The oil level should be checked only if the engine is cool. If it’s too hot, let it cool down for some time so that the oil from various parts will be collected in the lower oil pan. This might help to bring the oil temperature down. Before checking the oil level check your car’s owner manual, as some manufacturers do not suggest checking the oil level on a cold engine.

Park your car on a flat ground. Avoid uneven patches of the road in the car’s position as it can display the wrong level of engine oil.

Find the dipstick.In few car models, a dipstick can be located on the engine’s left. It’s an orange or yellow circular handle which is easily visible. Just pull this handle, and a long metal piece will be coming out of the car’s engine.

Wipe the dipstick off with a clean piece of cloth. Make sure the cloth is clean and does not have any moisture or dirt. These are harmful to the internal part of the engine.

Once you’ve cleaned perfectly, insert the dipstick back completely. Wait for a second and pull it out. Note the oil mark – it should ideally be between the minimum and maximum markings. The dip-stick usually has  (low / high) or Min / Max readings on it. If the level is low, top up the engine oil. Use only the same grade oil to avoid any harm to the engine parts. Don’t top up the oil over the recommended level.

Top up the oil via the oil filler cap which is located near the dipstick cap. Be cautious while topping up the oil and make sure it doesn’t spill it over other parts of the engine. Wait for some time before checking the oil level again, it will take time for settling down.

Check the engine oil level before you go for a long journey. However, this precautionary measure can save extreme engine damage that can also lead to high maintenance costs.

Hope this article provides you with all the necessary information on how to check the engine oil level in a vehicle. You can always seek an expert’s help if you’re in confusion.